rotary-wing aircraft


: rotorcraft
specifically : helicopter
usually used in plural

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Stinger, in service with more than 18 countries and the US armed forces, has scored more than 270 hits against fixed and rotary-wing aircraft. Michael Goldstein, Forbes, 18 Jan. 2022 The centerpiece is a rotary-wing aircraft simulator/mock-up with a digital backbone architecture that allows plug and play flexibility for different capabilities and systems integration combinations. Eric Tegler, Forbes, 7 Oct. 2021 That facility had 150 workers who made sheet metal components and assemblies for fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. Allie Morris, Dallas News, 19 Feb. 2020 Its fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft will be based out of Barbados and Guadeloupe respectively. Elizabeth Koh, miamiherald, 23 Sep. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1935, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rotary-wing aircraft was in 1935

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“Rotary-wing aircraft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Mar. 2023.

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